Kingston, Richmond, Sutton and Merton councils share government cash as reward for merging services

The Guildhall, home of Kingston Council

The Guildhall, home of Kingston Council

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Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton councils have been given £485,000 by the Government as reward for saving money through merging services.

The four authorities will share the “transformation challenge” grant, using it to go further in sharing services.

Last May Kingston and Sutton merged their IT departments, while all four boroughs joined their legal teams together after a vote last February.

The move was expected to save £600,000 over four years.

In 2012 communities and local government secretary Eric Pickles encouraged councils to club together to buy services in a letter containing 50 cost-cutting suggestions.

This week Kingston and Richmond launched the joint children’s services company, Achieving for Children, after three years of planning.

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1:36pm Thu 3 Apr 14

LiberalsOut says...

Dont give it to Sutton they will only blow it
Dont give it to Sutton they will only blow it LiberalsOut
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2:20pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Sutton saving money? This must be a late Aplril Fool spoof.. £600,000 saved would just pay for another LBS bus shelter as they put out UCI cinema a few years ago.
Sutton saving money? This must be a late Aplril Fool spoof.. £600,000 saved would just pay for another LBS bus shelter as they put out UCI cinema a few years ago. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 2

5:16pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Binsanity says...

Backhander for the incinerater more like.
Backhander for the incinerater more like. Binsanity
  • Score: 1

10:06am Fri 4 Apr 14

emilysw19 says...

Merton are spending a million pounds on an ANPR parking camera network to nab motorists so they cannot be short of cash?
'Savings' is another way of saying cutting jobs, less jobs for local people isn't really something to be celebrated. Local Councils are meant to be 'local' we have County councils and London Councils for cross borough projects.
I want my services to be provided by Merton Council and be accountable through the ballot box. I do not want policies on my local services decided by people living in Sutton.
Merton are spending a million pounds on an ANPR parking camera network to nab motorists so they cannot be short of cash? 'Savings' is another way of saying cutting jobs, less jobs for local people isn't really something to be celebrated. Local Councils are meant to be 'local' we have County councils and London Councils for cross borough projects. I want my services to be provided by Merton Council and be accountable through the ballot box. I do not want policies on my local services decided by people living in Sutton. emilysw19
  • Score: -2

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